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DIS/rupt symposium
DIS/rupting Tradition: New Textile Languages
Co-ordinated by Dr Melanie Miller

Lansdown Hall Stroud GL5 1BB

Saturday 6th May Doors open at 10.15 am
Sessions start at 11am – 4pm


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Disruption is something that affects everyone on all sorts of different levels.
Dr Melanie Miller comments:
“We live in an uncertain world. The only certainty now seems to be uncertainty.
Life is full of disruption on personal, political, local and global scales. Whilst the
effects of disruption can be problematic, disruption can have a positive outcome: it
can force change, it can lead to greater understanding as well as previously unthought
of opportunities”

Melanie Miller has convened a thought-provoking symposium to run alongside the Textile Study Group’s exhibition DIS/rupt.

Speakers will address and also expand on the themes of the DIS/ruptexhibition.
Focussing on the theme of disrupting tradition, the symposium will address issues around ‘new textile languages’.

melanie miller

Melanie Miller will open the symposium with a consideration of what we mean by textile languages, and how they are understood. She will provide an introduction to recent developments in the fashion and textiles arena, focussing specifically on the impact of new technology within design, making and marketing. She will also reflect on the use of textiles as a political tool and consciousness-raising medium, and the role of making within communal and community based activities.

June Hill

June Hill will examine the notion of disruption from a curatorial perspective, drawing on her experience of curating exhibitions across a wide range of venues and makers and over considerable time periods.

Alice Kettle

Alice Kettle has long used textiles as a powerful communicative tool, to re-tell both historic tales and respond to contemporary events. Within her talk Alice will examine the use of thread to layer autobiographical meaning within political narratives.

Michelle Stephens

Michelle Stephens will provide an overview of her research Coded Cloth, an investigation into generative design as a digital-led design process for jacquard weave, using code to program, and as a tool to reanimate historical jacquard pattern archives.  Exploring the DIS/rupting design process in woven textiles.
During the talk, Stephens will also contextualise the work in the broader field of enquiry, providing examples of generative design in graphics, data-driven graphic design, architecture, printed textile design and more specifically, woven textile design. These examples will provide the audience with a better understanding of new developments in contemporary textile language.


Michelle will be available during the tea break for an opportunity to witness some live programming demonstrations. Two laptops and two iPads will be provided should some attendees wish to participate in this session or bring tablets/smartphones to interact

Refreshments will be served on arrival
Doors open 10.00 am
Tickets: Full Price £42 Concessions: SIT select members & TSG artist members £25
Full time students £10 (limited places available)
Proof of concession must be produced on the day.
A delicious lunch is available at an additional cost of £12 please email the festival office to book your lunch


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Expect a day of thought provoking discussion, key note speakers, opportunities to network and to be inspired

Contact Select Festival office for further details


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